AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

2015 Excellence and Innovation Award Winners Announced
Awards honor member institutions for excellence and innovation in several major areas of campus life and leadership. Read More


Summer Issue of Public Purpose Magazine

Articles from the summer issue of Public Purpose magazine are now up online. Read more

 

Programs

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Armstrong State University officials signed a memorandum of understanding with Yichun University, located in Yichun City, China, making it easier for faculty and students from both institutions to exchange teaching and learning opportunities. Read more

California State University, East Bay
CSU East Bay has the opportunity to assess how food waste is handled on campus and engage the creativity of students to find solutions for improvement. Read more

California State University, Northridge
What is in the air surrounding the Earth? What makes city smog brown, or beaches cloudy? Atmospheric chemistry professor Daniel Curtis and six undergraduate students are exploring how sea spray, smoke and smog can affect the Earth’s atmosphere. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College is the latest addition to the Project ASTRO National Network. Project ASTRO sites cooperate with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) to promote astronomy education in local classrooms and community events. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a public charter school plan a unique collaboration designed to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The charter school system is moving its high school to the university campus, which will give high school students a chance to learn STEM disciplines from university professors. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • New research from the University of Central Florida has shed light on the workings of a particular protein found in the human body that could have future implications for the treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative conditions. Read more
  • College of Medicine faculty member Dr. Judy Simms-Cendan led a 49-person medical mission team in San Francisco De Macoris in the northern Dominican Republic. During eight days, the team cared for 864 patients, 300 more than last year, in six impoverished communities with virtually no health care services. And they worked together, bringing to life the team approach to care that Simms-Cendan and others model at the medical school. Read more
  • A University of Central Florida researcher has developed a new method for identifying materials’ unique chemical “fingerprints” and mapping their chemical properties at a much higher spatial resolution than ever before. It’s a discovery that could have promising implications for fields as varied as biofuel production, solar energy, opto-electronic devices, pharmaceuticals and medical research. Read more

West Texas A&M University
West Texas A&M University is one of 12 universities selected nationwide to participate in the 2015 International Academic Partnership Program Cuba cohort. The six-month program, part of the Institute of International Education, is designed to prepare universities in the United States with the knowledge they need to consider entering into reciprocal exchanges with Cuban institutions of higher education. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Dr. William A. Taylor, an assistant professor of security studies at Angelo State University, has been awarded a General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant from the Ridgway Family Endowment through the U.S. Army Military History Institute.
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Arkansas State University

  • Perry Wilson of Little Rock, descendant of an Arkansas family that has been a benefactor of Arkansas State University for most of a century, announced his family will endow a faculty chair in Agricultural Business with a $1 million gift. Read more
  • New state-of-the-art electronics laboratory equipment will be available soon for engineering students at Arkansas State University. The DENSO North America Foundation awarded to A-State a $48,500 grant to purchase the equipment. The lab experience will become a requirement for all electrical engineering students. Read more

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter recently announced that Armstrong State University has been awarded a $1.1 million TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University has received a grant of nearly $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The five-year grant for the Federal TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program allows for continuation of BHSU’s outreach and student services to first-generation college students, low-income individuals, and those with disabilities. Read more

Cleveland State University (Ohio)
Cleveland State University has received a $5.5 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation to support the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, an initiative that recruits and trains medical students who reflect the socio-economic background and cultural makeup of their communities to address and eliminate health disparities.
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CSU Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) recently hosted a group of low-income, first generation freshmen and transfer students in a program called STAGES (Summer Transition for Academic Guidance and Educational Success). The STAGES program is possible thanks in part to a $220,000 grant CI received this summer from the U.S. Department of Education for CI’s Student Support Services (SSS) program, which sponsors STAGES.
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Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Ron Moreau, director of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Government Contracting Assistance Program, received continued funding from the U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Logistics Agency in the amount of $190,897 for his project, “Government Contracting Assistance Program FY1516.” Read more
  • Tim Runge and Mark Staskiewicz, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Educational and School Psychology faculty members, received $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for their project, “Statewide Evaluation of Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network.” Read more

Lehman College (N.Y.)
Moira Sauane, who teaches in the Department of Biological Sciences at Lehman College, has received a four-year, $1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to support her groundbreaking research that focuses on understanding how different proteins behave at the cellular and molecular level for the purpose of developing cancer therapies that kill cancerous tumors, while sparing healthy cells.
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McNeese State University (La.)
McNeese State University has received a $102,590 grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to help lead innovation and economic development in Southwest Louisiana.  Read more

North Carolina Central University

  • North Carolina Central University has won a five-year grant totaling $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education to provide counseling, tutoring and other support to help students earn their college degrees. The funds are part of the federal TRIO Student Services Support Program. 
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  • North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has been awarded $306,481 in products and services from Microsoft Corp. to provide enhanced technology access and upgrades to Microsoft software and products. Read more
  • North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will welcome international professionals in global health and big-data analytics this academic year as part of a lecture series funded by a three-year major gift commitment from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Pittsburg State University has announced a $3 million pledged gift for facility improvements at the Kelce College of Business. The pledge is the largest single gift in the history of the Kelce College of Business and comes from Pittsburg State alumni John and Susan Lowe, of Houston, Texas.
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Salisbury University (Md.)
Local developers Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson will donate one of West Main Street’s signature structures in downtown Salisbury, the Plaza Gallery Building and Annex, to the Salisbury University Foundation, Inc. The gift is valued at some $4.4 million. Read more

West Texas A&M University
The Student Veterans of America named West Texas A&M University one of 50 student veteran-led chapters from across the country to receive awards from $400,000 in grants from The Home Depot Foundation to help universities and colleges build, renovate and improve on-campus veterans’ resource center spaces. Read more

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Presidential Honors

California State University, San Bernardino
Latino Leaders Magazine has named Dr. Tomás D. Morales, president of California State University, San Bernardino, one of the “101 Most Influential Latinos” of 2015. The list includes leaders in education, government, finance, business, science, arts and entertainment. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Professor Yasong (Alex) Wang, associate professor at Department of Hospitality Management at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, received the Conference Best Paper Award at the 2015 annual conference of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE). Read more
  • Michele Petrucci, assistant vice president for International Education and Global Engagement in the Office of International Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been selected to serve as one of six U.S. Global Dialogue Partners for the inaugural cohort of Global Dialogue Fellows. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
The Saginaw Valley State University Athletic Department has been awarded the Community Engagement Award from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for the 2014-15 academic year. Read more

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)
Michael Burnett, assistant professor of theatre and assistant director of University Theatre at Angelo State University, has been elected to a three-year term as vice chair of Region 6 of the Kennedy Center American College Theater, a national program involving more than 600 academic institutions.
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Arkansas State University
Thirteen U.S. military veterans with an interest in writing came together to hone their skills and form a community in Northeast Arkansas at the site where Ernest Hemingway penned much of his iconic war novel, "A Farewell to Arms." The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center (HPMEC), a Heritage Site operated by Arkansas State University, hosted a writing retreat for the veterans with funding provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more

California State University, East Bay

  • California State University, East Bay’s Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is investigating the causes of recent toxic blue-green algae blooms, resulting in closures of Lake Temescal in Oakland and Quarry Lakes in Fremont. Read more
  • Thirty colleges in southeast Louisiana were affected by hurricane Katrina and the devastating floods that followed. Fourteen were shut down, with damage estimated at $1.5 billion, and more than 100,000 students were forced to take the semester off or enroll elsewhere. The California State University system responded by bringing in more than 300 of those students — and CSU East Bay opened its doors to the biggest number. Read more

California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands has been deeply involved in post-Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. In observance of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a CI professor who has dedicated himself year after year to post-Katrina restoration efforts helped to host a news conference near New Orleans. Environmental Science & Resource Management Associate Professor Sean Anderson co-led the news conference with the Executive Director of the Woodlands Conservancy, Katie Brasted. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)

  • Endangered butterflies receive a helping hand from FSU students each spring. Plant taxonomy students travel to Savage River State Forest’s Bear Pen Wildlands to preserve the West Virginia White Butterfly. The butterfly normally lays its eggs on Toothwort mustard but is threatened by an exotic invasive plant that student volunteers manually remove each year. Read more
  • FSU sent students from the President’s Leadership Circle to Uganda this spring to assist the Water School in educating residents there about hygiene while helping them build the necessary resources. Students traveled to rural villages and built tippy taps – a mounted water jug to be used for washing hands – and latrines. Read more

Georgia College
Through the generous support of alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students, the Georgia College & State University (GCSU) Foundation is celebrating a record-breaking fundraising year, which ended June 30. The Foundation raised $5,025,000 in gifts and pledges to support university initiatives and provide scholarship support to needy and deserving students. Read more

North Carolina Central University
Two students attending the North Carolina Central University School of Business have been awarded the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Inc. (EAF) Alice S. Marriott Scholarship. The $10,000 awards went to James Kingston and DeAndre James, both majoring in hospitality and tourism administration. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
Saginaw Valley State University’s moot court program is quickly establishing itself among the nation’s best. SVSU’s undergraduate program now ranks no. 20 overall in the national rankings and earned a number 17 finish for the 2014-15 academic year. Read more

University of Central Florida
UCF mechanical engineering senior Kevin Bauer wants people to know that the national award-winning student club he leads – the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers – is devoted to reducing global energy consumption, and not to repairing appliances. The student engineers design and build heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for buildings and for seven of the past nine years, UCF's designs have placed in the top three in ASHRAE national contests. Read more

University of North Georgia
For the second year in a row, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program has selected a University of North Georgia (UNG) biology student for a highly competitive scholarship that includes an internship, financial award and one year of full-time employment. Obadi Obadi, a senior on UNG's Gainesville Campus is one of only 11 students in the nation selected for the prestigious program and will begin a one-year internship with NIH in spring 2016.
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